Friday, March 30, 2012

Dr. Faulkner Visits His New Campus

Dr. Jerry Faulkner, currently vice president of Academic Affairs at Cleveland State Community College, has been named president of Vol State. He's made a couple of visits to campus since the announcement. He attended the Student Government Association President's Cabinet forum, at the request of SGA President Chanel Alford. He also appeared recently at the annual Alumni Breakfast, joined by his wife Wanda.
We asked Dr. Faulkner about his first priorities when he officially starts his new position on May 15.
"The big thing is that I have to get here and have feet on the ground," he said. "I want to meet people and see what's going on here. At first, there will be a lot of talking and listening and asking questions."
In the meantime, he and Wanda are house hunting and exploring the community.

TBR made the announcement of the recommendation and the board approved the recommendation on March 21.The TBR news release has more about Dr. Faulkner's background:

"As the chief academic officer for Cleveland State since 2008, he has provided leadership for the school’s academic-related programs and initiated several processes and programs to improve student learning and success. In addition to obtaining a $2 million Title III grant for the college, he piloted an allied health consortium with two other colleges in the state and set up a dual admission agreement to allow students to seamlessly transfer to a university. He has also spearheaded accreditation processes for academic units and assisted with college-wide successful reaccreditation efforts."

"Prior to 2008, Faulkner worked his way up through the academic ranks at Chattanooga State Community College, where he began teaching biology in 1994. In 2002 he was selected Department Head for Life Sciences and then Teacher Education Coordinator. He also taught and served two years as associate vice president for Academic Affairs at Tennessee Temple University before joining Chattanooga State."

"Faulkner earned his Ph.D. and master’s degrees in botany/ecology from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Temple. He has also completed the Future Leaders Institute/Advanced from the American Association of Community Colleges."

Mother-Daughter Alumni

There wasn't much trouble getting Sherie Edwards on board with her daughter Sarah attending Vol State. Sherie graduated from the college in the Class of 1979. Sarah went through the Vol State Radiologic and Sonography programs, two of the most competitive programs on campus. Tackling two college programs turned out not only to be a challenge academically, but also financially. Sarah won the Alumni Scholarship and she says that money meant the world to her, allowing her to chase her dream. She's currently with Baptist Hospital and plans to move to a travel sonography program soon that will take her all over the country.

Sarah came back recently to speak at the annual Alumni Breakfast, where she was introduced by Sherie.

"Every step in your career starts somewhere and mine started here," Sarah said. "I want to thank everyone who helped me along the way."

The Alumni Association unveiled new bright green t-shirts for Vol State employees who donate to the Alumni campaign. You'll be seeing them around campus soon. Please consider giving to the College Foundation, if you don't already. Scholarships really do make dreams come true at Vol State. You can get more info at

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Vol State Singers to Perform "GLORIA"

Nancy Slaughter leads the Vol State Singers. They have a big concert coming up this month and Nancy has this update:

The Vol State Singers will be participating in the Roane State Community College 40th Anniversary Concert on April 29.  The concert will take place in the Campus Theatre and will include choirs from five Tennessee community colleges. They will be performing “GLORIA” by Antonio Vivaldi, a Baroque Italian composer.  The “GLORIA” is one part of a Catholic Mass that Vivaldi set to music in several sections to create the work. 

The mass choir will be accompanied by UT-Knoxville orchestra members. Soloists for the work are comprised of Roane State music faculty. The Vol State Singers have worked diligently all semester to prepare this work and will certainly enjoy such a great opportunity to sing with an orchestra. The group has been so attentive to the work, that they learned it ahead of the intended rehearsal schedule for the class.

The Vol State Singers will depart Sunday, April 29 and head to Harriman, Tennessee, where they will have a big rehearsal with all other singers and the orchestra at 2pm.  The concert is free and open to the public at 6pm. Directions to the event may be found on their website: 

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Vol State Events Calendar for April 2012

Vol State Events Calendar for April 2012

Red Cross Blood Drive Carpeted Dining Room 10am-3pm sign up at and click on “enter sponsor code” and enter
VolState to schedule your appointment
Spring Fest student clubs and organizations info Duffer Plaza 10am-2pm
Retirement Celebration Carpeted Dining Room 1-3pm
Comedian Peter Depp “The Dynamics of LGBT Bullying” sponsored by the Psychology Club. Thigpen Library 12:30pm
Sumner Bluegrass Jamboree Caudill Hall 6:30-10pm Free and open to the public
Sumner Bluegrass Jamboree Caudill Hall 10am-10pm Free and open to the public
Comm Week: WVCP remote broadcast Duffer Plaza 8am-11am
Comm Week: Hal Ramer Oratorical Contest and Sigma Chi Eta  induction 12:15pm Auditorium
Presentation by Bob Ruff and Rick Rouch: “The Rise of the National Security State” Rochelle Center 12:45pm
Comm Week: Music Forum Auditorium 12:45pm
TMTA high school math contest Gym 9am-2pm
Comm Week: New Pioneer magazine is out
Vol State Songwriters and Commercial Music Ensemble at Whippoorwill in Gallatin 6pm Free
Comm Week: Recording students have organized an afternoon of music featuring Vol State and local performers, with everything from rock and country to rap. Artists include: Jim O’Baid, Ed White, Freezz Da BossMann, Danya, Vol State Commercial Music Ensemble, ChanceCold and BackHand Karma. Library Lawn or Gym in case of rain. 2pm-3:30pm and 5pm to 6pm
The Vol State Experience for high school students and their families. Concerts run from 2pm to 6pm, with the high school welcome from 3:30-5pm. Free and open to everyone. Library Lawn or gym in case of rain.
Harlem Rockets Basketball Game a comedic basketball team takes on the Vol State Dream Team in this free and fun event that is open to everyone. 6pm-9pm. Pickel Field House
Movies by Starlight double feature "Puss in Boots" and "Ghost Rider 2"  Free Thigpen Library Lawn Dusk (7:00pm)
Job Career Fair Pickel Field House 10am-1pm
27, 28
Music Department Spring Concert and CD release party Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall 7:30pm $5 admission $10 with CD

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Workforce Essentials and Highland Crest

Workforce Essentials has partnered with the College for many years now. They have recently expanded to work closely with the Highland Crest campus in Springfield. Here's a note from organizer and Career Counselor Susan Holt:

Workforce Essentials joined hands with Highland Crest in Springfield, TN to help provide information to the Robertson County Community of a great resource. There are two office locations here in Springfield, one being at the Tennessee Career Center and the other at Highland Crest College.

Workforce Essentials, or commonly known as WIA (which stands for Workforce Invest Act), is a Non-Profit, Federally Funded Program which offers financial assistance to individuals interested in short-term training or Job Search. This program is an income based program in which guidelines are based on federal-income guidelines. Some criteria can make the individual automatically eligible, which is receiving Food Stamps or Unemployment, or if they are a Foster Child.

Some of the assistance offered thru this program could be but not limited to:
*Tuition & Fees
*Travel or Daycare
*Other expenses as deemed necessary by School or Career Counselor*
*Program must be on the WIA Approved Training Site:
*Program must be Occupation in Demand and all individuals must apply for the Pell Grant before being accepted into WIA Program. All other funding applies before WIA money will kick in.

WIA has a Business Service Division as well. We offer services for Drug Testing, DNA Testing, Driver’s Education, and other Training Programs. WIA is a Drug-Free Workplace and helps most county and city offices and business run the same program.

Our office hours and location are as follows:
Tennessee Career Center
Highland Crest Campus
299 10th Avenue East Room # 232
Springfield, TN 37172 615-433-7030 ext#7012
615-384-1097 10:00 to 6:00 Tuesdays & Wednesdays
8:00 to 4:30 M-F

Thank You,
Susan Holt-Career Counselor

Fellowship Program for Yarbrough

Dr. Kenny Yarbrough, Vol State Director of Student Life and Diversity Initiatives, has been selected for the 2012 class of Maxine Smith Fellows. The Maxine Smith Fellows program is a Tennessee Board of Regents program. It provides the opportunity for minority faculty and administrators to learn more about the system and network with the State’s leaders in higher education. Several Vol State folks have taken part in the program over the years. It’s been a leadership building program statewide for TBR.

Honors for the Chief

Vol State Police Chief William Rogan was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Gallatin Police Department last month. It was presented for his 16 years of service with Gallatin Police and his many years of service leading the Vol State campus police force. It was presented at an annual recognition dinner and included an official congratulation from the Tennessee General Assembly. It was noted that both his GPD service and Vol State work all have benefited citizens of Gallatin and Sumner County. We congratulate the Chief on the well-deserved honor.